Mark your calendars for another WIFVNE & HSSW co-sponsored workshop:
PITCHING IT! with producer/talent agent Marilyn Atlas
Workshop and Pitch Session
Saturday, October 10th 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lutheran University Church
66 Winthrop St.
Cambridge, MA – in the heart of Harvard Square.
You’ve written a great screenplay. It’s won awards or placed well in highly competitive contests. You believe it is ready for “prime time.” But how do you pitch it? In this 2 1/2 hour workshop, you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts from entertainment veteran, Marilyn Atlas. Enrollment is limited to 20. Deadline for sign-ups is Tuesday, October 6th at 5pm.
$45.00 for non-members: SIGN UP HERE
$40.00 for members of HSSW or WIFVNE: SIGN UP HERE
What students will learn:
1) What to include and not include in your pitch
2) Adapting your pitch to the audience you’re pitching to
3) Mistakes that writers make when pitching
4) Understanding the market and projects worthy of pitching
5) Importance of the hook
6) Refining your pitch. How to distill the essence of your story into short, sharp, easily digestible bite-size parts.
Know the difference between a log-line, an elevator pitch, and a 10-15 minute pitch. Learn the importance of tailoring your pitch depending on who you’re pitching to. Discover effective buzzwords to use in a pitch.
Marilyn will work with brave volunteers to tighten and reveal the idiosyncratic narrative thrust of your story… assuming there is one!
An award-winning producer and personal manager of actors and writers, Marilyn R. Atlas is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. Among her credits as film producer are Real Women Have Curves for HBO,A Certain Desire, starring Sam Waterston, and Echoes, which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn served as a production consultant on the film Call Me.
Marilyn is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She has spoken at their Writers’ and Producers’ retreats, and the DGA-sponsored LA Asian Film Festival, as well as various other symposia for the Sherman Oaks Experimental College. Additionally, she was a guest lecturer in the Writing Program at USC for several years, where she taught a class on creating three-dimensional, non-stereotypical characters.
Her clients have appeared in shows such as Star Trek, Fringe, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Revenge, Hart of Dixie,NCIS:LA, True Blood, Dexter, Chuck, Castle, and Criminal Minds. In addition, her clients have worked on feature films such as Holes, Transformers, and Ted 2.
Recently, Marilyn has been developing a miniseries and TV pilot based on the Gary Phillips series of novels featuring Martha Chainey. Her Lifetime movie The Choking Game, based on the YA book by Diana Lopez, aired in summer 2014 and she also spoke at the 2014 International Women’s Writer Festival in Italy.
Marilyn is the co-author of a screenwriting guide called Dating Your Character, an organic approach to character creation, slated for Stairway Press’s early 2016 catalog. She is also featured in the book Write Now! from Penguin/Tarcher.